Happy Birthday to Mike Adams, an outfield who played in 100 major league games between 1972 and 1978. The only time I faced Mike was on April 29, 1973. I was pitching the second game of a Sunday doubleheader against the Twins at Yankee Stadium, and Mike was the starting left fielder. I gave the up the only Twins run of the game in the second inning. Joe Lis reached first on rare error by Graig Nettles, and moved to third on Danny Thompson’s double. Dan Monzon walked to load the bases, and Phil Roof singled to right, scoring Lis. It would have been two runs, but Matty Alou threw Thompson out at home in beautiful plays by Matty and Thurman Munson. With runners on second and third, Mike flew out to Matty. I walked Mike in the fifth and he lined out to Bobby Murcer in his last At-Bat against me I the seventh.
Happy Birthday to Jesse Hudson, who pitched two innings for the 1969 New York Mets. As I have noted before, I followed New York pitchers closely since the newspapers I was reading offered extensive coverage of the Mets – especially in 1969. Jesse came in to pitch the eighth inning with the Pittsburgh Pirates ahead 7-0. He got the first MLB batter he faced, Jerry May, to hit a grounder to the mound, which he tossed to Donn Clendenon for his first out. Then he walked Fred Patek. The Bucs pitcher, Luke Walker, hit another grounder to the pitcher, which Jesse threw to Bobby Pfeil for the force at second. Luke moved to second on Matty Alou’s single, and scored on a double by Dave Cash. With Matty at third, Jesse struck out Willie Stargell to end the inning. In the ninth, Jesse began the inning by striking out Johnny Jeter and retiring Al Oliver on a flyball to Tommie Agee in left. He walked Richie Hebner, but ended the inning by striking out Jerry May. And that, my friends, was Jesse Hudson’s major league career. He never pitched in a MLB game again.